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Title: Stolen images.
Post by: KuriousKat on December 29, 2018, 18:58
I was just reading a post on Shutterstock about a suspected image thief, and started poking around his portfolio to see if I recognised anything.

Clicking on a random image showed similars, and it looks as if he took this image and flipped it

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/beautiful-waterfall-1268058418 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/beautiful-waterfall-1268058418)

from this contributor:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/beautiful-waterfall-landscape-1138139069 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/beautiful-waterfall-landscape-1138139069)

The second contributor suspiciously had a couple of pages of very nice images with very poor titles, as if he didn't actually know where the location was, so I clicked on one of his images and he'd also taken an image from another contributor and flipped it.

This images was taken

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/fresh-green-fruit-drink-1141475009?src=uC-RhHYOgDgT8MvkiO2dVg-1-3 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/fresh-green-fruit-drink-1141475009?src=uC-RhHYOgDgT8MvkiO2dVg-1-3)

from here:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/mojito-cocktail-splash-ice-151851215 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/mojito-cocktail-splash-ice-151851215)



And this one:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/big-great-mountain-fuji-japan-1138139018?src=uC-RhHYOgDgT8MvkiO2dVg-1-13 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/big-great-mountain-fuji-japan-1138139018?src=uC-RhHYOgDgT8MvkiO2dVg-1-13)

from here:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/mt-fuji-fall-colors-japan-147744140 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/mt-fuji-fall-colors-japan-147744140)

Please check both of these ports and see if they contain any of your images
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: KuriousKat on December 29, 2018, 19:10
It just gets worse :(

Clicking on another image from the second contributor above, i get a similar hit from yet another contributor.

This:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/grilled-meat-on-dinner-1138138988?src=uC-RhHYOgDgT8MvkiO2dVg-1-0 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/grilled-meat-on-dinner-1138138988?src=uC-RhHYOgDgT8MvkiO2dVg-1-0)

is taken from here:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/food-nd-drinks-fruits-1049190053?src=Si8QRV_HkHQdTTGVCs1rNA-1-3 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/food-nd-drinks-fruits-1049190053?src=Si8QRV_HkHQdTTGVCs1rNA-1-3)

The third contributor has one of those odd mix portfolios, from crap to stunning! One really caught my eye as the Mac os Sierra image!

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/nature-mountains-real-1049191538?src=Si8QRV_HkHQdTTGVCs1rNA-1-13 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/nature-mountains-real-1049191538?src=Si8QRV_HkHQdTTGVCs1rNA-1-13)

And that brings up similars, so he's not alone in trying to sell the Mac photo!

Go figure.....

......if this wasn't so sad I'd have a good laugh
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Jo Ann Snover on December 29, 2018, 19:23
Thanks for posting these. Small ports with great variety of subjects, styles and locations certainly has all the hallmarks of stolen work.

I didn't see anything of mine, but it'd be good if someone who is an owner can complain to SS so these scumbags can have their portfolios removed. I wish they'd let third party reports be considered (it'd be easy enough for them to check it out if they actually gave a toss...)
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: KuriousKat on December 29, 2018, 19:29
Thanks for posting these. Small ports with great variety of subjects, styles and locations certainly has all the hallmarks of stolen work.

I didn't see anything of mine, but it'd be good if someone who is an owner can complain to SS so these scumbags can have their portfolios removed. I wish they'd let third party reports be considered (it'd be easy enough for them to check it out if they actually gave a toss...)

Agreed Jo Ann,

They have the technology, as these were all spotted by just clicking around the 'similars'. I have seen them removing some portfolios recently, so they obviously are investigating reports behind the scenes. I guess all we can do is publicise our finds and hope that they take action quickly.

Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Not Today on December 30, 2018, 08:11
Thanks for posting these. Small ports with great variety of subjects, styles and locations certainly has all the hallmarks of stolen work.

I didn't see anything of mine, but it'd be good if someone who is an owner can complain to SS so these scumbags can have their portfolios removed. I wish they'd let third party reports be considered (it'd be easy enough for them to check it out if they actually gave a toss...)

I think we can.

''If you believe that your copyright to an image on Shutterstock has been infringed upon, or that an image is being misused, please collect all pertinent information (including image ID's, relevant links, etc.) and contact us by email at infringementclaims@shutterstock.com. We take the protection of copyright very seriously and we will investigate all complaints we receive.''

Source: https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/000006577?l=en_US&c=ContributorKB%3APortfolio_account&fs=RelatedArticle (https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/000006577?l=en_US&c=ContributorKB%3APortfolio_account&fs=RelatedArticle)

Our watch begins  :D
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Uncle Pete on December 30, 2018, 08:47
Thanks for posting these. Small ports with great variety of subjects, styles and locations certainly has all the hallmarks of stolen work.

I didn't see anything of mine, but it'd be good if someone who is an owner can complain to SS so these scumbags can have their portfolios removed. I wish they'd let third party reports be considered (it'd be easy enough for them to check it out if they actually gave a toss...)

I think we can.

''If you believe that your copyright to an image on Shutterstock has been infringed upon, or that an image is being misused, please collect all pertinent information (including image ID's, relevant links, etc.) and contact us by email at infringementclaims@shutterstock.com. We take the protection of copyright very seriously and we will investigate all complaints we receive.''

Source: https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/000006577?l=en_US&c=ContributorKB%3APortfolio_account&fs=RelatedArticle (https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/000006577?l=en_US&c=ContributorKB%3APortfolio_account&fs=RelatedArticle)

Our watch begins  :D

Just thought I'd mention , I wrote to "compliance" and got the really disappointing reply that others have reported.

Thank you for your email. Our requirements for submitting Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") notices of infringement are below. You may send a proper notice in reply to this email. and a bunch more that indicates, only the owner can file a complaint. In other words, they don't want to know and don't want to investigate.

Hopefully infringementclaims@shutterstock.com is more artist friendly.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: pixel86 on December 30, 2018, 11:24
It makes sense that only copyright owners can file DMCAs. But it’s too bad they don’t take emails from anyone reporting stealing more seriously. As has been mentioned in the past, they don’t really seem to care how they make their money. They “say” they take copyrights seriously, but if that were true, they would be shutting down these watermark-removal-from-large-size-images thieves immediately. Look how long that has gone on and still goes on.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: eyewave on December 31, 2018, 03:28
I just contacted the original photographer of the grilled meat images - the other two have stolen it. The original is this one: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/succulent-thick-juicy-portions-grilled-fillet-138421859 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/succulent-thick-juicy-portions-grilled-fillet-138421859)

Hope he can have shutterstock take the fake ports down
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: HappyBunny on December 31, 2018, 10:29
I saw a lot of photos that are on free stock photo websites on our microstock websites. I don't know if they stole them from the microstock websites since they mention the artist and you can pay the artist through a PayPal link. They are mainly on Pexels and Pixabay. Do microstock photographers themselves put them up for free on the free stock websites in the hope to earn more money there?

The same guy stole this image https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/spring-flowers-background-pink-blossom-182465339 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/spring-flowers-background-pink-blossom-182465339)

And the following image is on the free stock photo websites: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/spring-border-background-pink-blossom-128624426 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/spring-border-background-pink-blossom-128624426)

https://www.pexels.com/photo/nature-summer-spring-flower-76997/ (https://www.pexels.com/photo/nature-summer-spring-flower-76997/)

Two different names but maybe it's the same person who knows. Who knows who steels from whom. Free stock photo websites do not allow people to download a photo and to sell it on microstock.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Uncle Pete on December 31, 2018, 11:52
It just gets worse :(

Clicking on another image from the second contributor above, i get a similar hit from yet another contributor.

This:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/grilled-meat-on-dinner-1138138988?src=uC-RhHYOgDgT8MvkiO2dVg-1-0 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/grilled-meat-on-dinner-1138138988?src=uC-RhHYOgDgT8MvkiO2dVg-1-0)

is taken from here:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/food-nd-drinks-fruits-1049190053?src=Si8QRV_HkHQdTTGVCs1rNA-1-3 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/food-nd-drinks-fruits-1049190053?src=Si8QRV_HkHQdTTGVCs1rNA-1-3)

The third contributor has one of those odd mix portfolios, from crap to stunning! One really caught my eye as the Mac os Sierra image!

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/nature-mountains-real-1049191538?src=Si8QRV_HkHQdTTGVCs1rNA-1-13 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/nature-mountains-real-1049191538?src=Si8QRV_HkHQdTTGVCs1rNA-1-13)

And that brings up similars, so he's not alone in trying to sell the Mac photo!

Go figure.....

......if this wasn't so sad I'd have a good laugh

Very funny, the one ID: 1049190053 "food nd drinks fruits" is taken from StockCreations 138421859 which has real English words. Uploaded 32 million images before the one from BOUDANE, who has a total of102 images, then I look at the new member, by fresh, and there are about 30 really top quality images, followed by total crap flower shots. He started with dandelions, probably didn't get any sales, so moved on to image theft.

The other Alexiy Molochnik has 178 images. That same steak again? This is the state of how terrible Microstock has become.

The original from stockcreations is part of a series of shots of the same setting and he has over 13,000 very nice food shots. Not hard to guess who made the original.

Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: KuriousKat on January 03, 2019, 08:17
And yet another thief :(

This image by Md. Habibullah, (a self-styled 'professional photographer, photo journalist and graphics designer'):

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/black-friday-limited-time-offer-background-1237088098?src=zpuWxeu4OBHKsh8ltqAcqA-1-2 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/black-friday-limited-time-offer-background-1237088098?src=zpuWxeu4OBHKsh8ltqAcqA-1-2)

Has been taken from here:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/black-friday-frame-ink-painting-isolated-1088728901 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/black-friday-frame-ink-painting-isolated-1088728901)

And this one:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/pictures-delicious-chicken-burgers-chips-1196386168 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/pictures-delicious-chicken-burgers-chips-1196386168)

From here:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/close-picture-healthy-burger-1066422536 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/close-picture-healthy-burger-1066422536)

And he took it from here:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/delicious-hamburger-595739816 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/delicious-hamburger-595739816)

 >:( :( :-\

Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: HappyBunny on January 03, 2019, 08:20
Isn't there anything we can do about it? Who knows who took from whom?
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: KuriousKat on January 03, 2019, 08:31
Isn't there anything we can do about it? Who knows who took from whom?

I think all we can do is post here when we see this happening, in the hopes that one of us will find our own image being stolen so that we can make the report to Shutterstock.

I've made assumptions about who took from who based upon the image ID numbers. It isn't a foolproof method but a pretty good indication, particularly when viewing the age, style and portfolios as a whole.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: HappyBunny on January 03, 2019, 08:34
Wouldn't it help if all of us who read this here on the microstock group write to Shutterstock and report this Alexiy Molochnik and others?
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: KuriousKat on January 03, 2019, 08:50
Wouldn't it help if all of us who read this here on the microstock group write to Shutterstock and report this Alexiy Molochnik and others?

I think others have tried that, only to be told that the owner of the original image must be the one to report the theft.

Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: HappyBunny on January 03, 2019, 08:59
That is a super lazy excuse. They should investigate that no matter who reports it. They obviously don't value their contributors. What kind of a message do they send us? That thieves and criminals are also welcome. That they don't care as long as they make money.  I am going to report that guy. No matter what the reply. We have to.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: noodle on January 03, 2019, 09:24
That is a super lazy excuse. They should investigate that no matter who reports it. They obviously don't value their contributors. What kind of a message do they send us? That thieves and criminals are also welcome. That they don't care as long as they make money.  I am going to report that guy. No matter what the reply. We have to.

You’re absolutely correct.
They don’t care. They get the assets for nothing. They haven’t spent the time to create them, process, keyword and upload them. What does it matter when all you do is collect the money from sales?
“We take infringement seriously” Empty words, that’s all.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: pixel86 on January 03, 2019, 10:50
Isn't there anything we can do about it? Who knows who took from whom?

I think all we can do is post here when we see this happening, in the hopes that one of us will find our own image being stolen so that we can make the report to Shutterstock.

I've made assumptions about who took from who based upon the image ID numbers. It isn't a foolproof method but a pretty good indication, particularly when viewing the age, style and portfolios as a whole.


Another thing is that the internet is the land of fake identities. All those contributors could be the same person, just using different phony names.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Brasilnut on January 03, 2019, 12:34
Since SS won't take action, sometimes you have to hit them where it hurts...which is their main business activity.

Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: obj owl on January 03, 2019, 12:42
Since SS won't take action, sometimes you have to hit them where it hurts...which is their main business activity.

We feel their hurt.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Brasilnut on January 03, 2019, 12:44
Since SS won't take action, sometimes you have to hit them where it hurts...which is their main business activity.

We feel their hurt.

If enough people give a one star rating...
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: KuriousKat on January 03, 2019, 14:02
I see there are also FB and Twitter links, so maybe a multi-pronged attack is needed!
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Brasilnut on January 03, 2019, 14:23
I see there are also FB and Twitter links, so maybe a multi-pronged attack is needed!

Good idea! I can't work alone though! ;)
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: bolsher on January 04, 2019, 10:28
Hi. Here s stockcreations. After I filed a complaint with shutterstock my picture was removed. Only ... all other pictures and the contributor are still there ...
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Brasilnut on January 04, 2019, 11:18
Yesterday I got in touch with him over facebook messenger. I won't post the full chat but in summary:

- "Oh sh£"t, I got the files from my assistant..He said that they are genuine. It can't be possible. He is so faithful"

- "I will be in touch with after 2-4 hrs. I would like to know more about it & take proper steps." still waiting...

So that's it. To be continued...

 
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Ides on January 04, 2019, 14:09
Isn't there anything we can do about it? Who knows who took from whom?

Just send an email to Shutterstock exactly as it's being done here. link of the thief and the creator. I already did this with some of my pictures that were stolen. In few days Shutterstock will notify the thief and if he continues, they will delete his account.

And this don't need be only with stolen images. Very similar images, ideas, design, etc are also valid. I banish a guy with a portifolio bigger than mine, but because he copied the ideas from my most selling pictures. He was eliminated from Shutterstock.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Uncle Pete on January 04, 2019, 15:40
Isn't there anything we can do about it? Who knows who took from whom?


Just send an email to Shutterstock exactly as it's being done here. link of the thief and the creator. I already did this with some of my pictures that were stolen. In few days Shutterstock will notify the thief and if he continues, they will delete his account.

And this don't need be only with stolen images. Very similar images, ideas, design, etc are also valid. I banish a guy with a portifolio bigger than mine, but because he copied the ideas from my most selling pictures. He was eliminated from Shutterstock.


Who did you write to? I wrote to compliance and got a very stock answer, like they didn't even read my question which was "doesn't anyone care about stolen works?"

Hello,

Thank you for your email. Our requirements for submitting Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") notices of infringement are below. You may send a proper notice in reply to this email.

If you misrepresent that material is infringing, Shutterstock may terminate your Shutterstock account, or you may face other legal consequences.

Infringement Notice Requirements:

1) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

2) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.

3) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Shutterstock to locate the material.

4) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the Shutterstock to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.

5) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

6) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Only the copyright owner or their authorized representative may file a report of copyright infringement. If you believe content on Shutterstock infringes someone else’s copyright, you may want to let the rights owner know.

Please note that we may provide the rights owner’s name, your email and the details of your report to the person who receives the complaint.

For more information, please review Shutterstock's DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice at: www.shutterstock.com/terms/dmca-notice (http://www.shutterstock.com/terms/dmca-notice).

Regards,

Shutterstock Compliance Team


I give up writing and begging. Maybe that's what they wanted.  >:(
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Brasilnut on January 04, 2019, 17:00
One mole has been wacked!
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Uncle Pete on January 05, 2019, 10:12
One mole has been wacked!

I wish they had a contact page that actually acknowledged that we can report image theft, instead of them throwing some boilerplate, DMCA defense at us. Nice work if it was a number of people or one. There's one less image thief on SS. Who knows where these turds go on how many other agencies. It's like playing whack a mole.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Fairplay on January 05, 2019, 10:37
SS knows when I upload similar content but don't know when somebody uploads exactly the same image stolen from another contributor. That's strange!
When they catch a thief why they don't distribute the remaining royalties in his account to the actual creators of the images?! I know it's easier to keep the money for themselves but is it legal?!
Another question comes to my mind. What about the customers who bought the images from the thieves, do they have a legal license to use the images when the creators doesn't get paid?!
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: davidbautista on January 05, 2019, 11:37
SS knows when I upload similar content but don't know when somebody uploads exactly the same image stolen from another contributor. That's strange!
When they catch a thief why they don't distribute the remaining royalties in his account to the actual creators of the images?! I know it's easier to keep the money for themselves but is it legal?!
Another question comes to my mind. What about the customers who bought the images from the thieves, do they have a legal license to use the images when the creators doesn't get paid?!
Indeed!
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: OM on January 06, 2019, 11:31
Isn't there anything we can do about it? Who knows who took from whom?


Just send an email to Shutterstock exactly as it's being done here. link of the thief and the creator. I already did this with some of my pictures that were stolen. In few days Shutterstock will notify the thief and if he continues, they will delete his account.

And this don't need be only with stolen images. Very similar images, ideas, design, etc are also valid. I banish a guy with a portifolio bigger than mine, but because he copied the ideas from my most selling pictures. He was eliminated from Shutterstock.


Who did you write to? I wrote to compliance and got a very stock answer, like they didn't even read my question which was "doesn't anyone care about stolen works?"

Hello,

Thank you for your email. Our requirements for submitting Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") notices of infringement are below. You may send a proper notice in reply to this email.

If you misrepresent that material is infringing, Shutterstock may terminate your Shutterstock account, or you may face other legal consequences.

Infringement Notice Requirements:

1) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

2) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.

3) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Shutterstock to locate the material.

4) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the Shutterstock to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.

5) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

6) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Only the copyright owner or their authorized representative may file a report of copyright infringement. If you believe content on Shutterstock infringes someone else’s copyright, you may want to let the rights owner know.

Please note that we may provide the rights owner’s name, your email and the details of your report to the person who receives the complaint.

For more information, please review Shutterstock's DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice at: [url=http://www.shutterstock.com/terms/dmca-notice]www.shutterstock.com/terms/dmca-notice[/url] ([url]http://www.shutterstock.com/terms/dmca-notice[/url]).

Regards,

Shutterstock Compliance Team


I give up writing and begging. Maybe that's what they wanted.  >:(


I found this guy (India) who not only copies but modifies parts or all of original files. One of his files (modified) I recognised as being copied from anothe SS contributor I know (we've had conversations by email in the past). I asked the the original contributor to report the thief and the email that came back from 'compliance' was the same as you posted above. I outlined the portions of their mail which persuaded the genuine contributor NOT to file. They give the guy your email address and if he disputes your claim, SS make take down your account until the claim is proven (or otherwise). Everyone on SS who has a reasonable monthly income from licensing there knows only too * well what (even temporary) suspension of their account means. You never retrieve the positions you had in search and sales will seriously plummet even after only a week of suspension before re-instatement.

The same guy stole part of another contributor's photo who was not at SS but at Adobe so I contacted Adobe to ask whether they would contact their contributor to inform them. First they sent me the same advice as SS.....send a DMCA form but then I told them that I wasn't the one being infringed but another of their contributors. They (Adobe) said they'd inform their contributor but whether they did and whether she decided not to proceed, I have no idea because this guy's SS thievery account is still up and being added to regularly. Have a peek to see if you recognise any elements of your images in his?

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Krishbraden (https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Krishbraden)

Stolen and modied (try painting kids' hands in an identical manner...can't be done):

https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/kids-hands-painted-smile-symbol-450w-1218008479.jpg (https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/kids-hands-painted-smile-symbol-450w-1218008479.jpg)

Original:

https://as1.ftcdn.net/jpg/00/34/65/06/500_F_34650614_F3sIKjXY6ao0aQSKJNOPYqMDnQ5PFlaK.jpg (https://as1.ftcdn.net/jpg/00/34/65/06/500_F_34650614_F3sIKjXY6ao0aQSKJNOPYqMDnQ5PFlaK.jpg)

Stolen and modified:
https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/rear-view-young-female-legs-450w-1165318264.jpg (https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/rear-view-young-female-legs-450w-1165318264.jpg)

Original (position of shoes and specks of dirt and sand are the giveaway in the copy):

https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/runner-feet-running-on-road-450w-103383050.jpg (https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/runner-feet-running-on-road-450w-103383050.jpg)

Gotta give the thief his due, he's not just a copyist and actually does possess some Photoshop skills but he is a thief and SS appears to be not only unwilling to put an end to this, they actually threaten the original contributor with a fate worse than death unless you're prepared to fight your case to the bitter end (and yet your victory may still be Pyrrhic if they close down your account for a week or two during investigation). BTW, in the meantime, the abovementioned thief has exceeded his 3-month waiting period from 'dubious' countries and is now presumably enjoying the fruits of his theft (as does SS whether they shut him down or not...and even if they shut him down, they confiscate the 'earnings' but don't re-distribute to the offended parties who have lost those sales.) Let's face it it'a real win-win klepto-corporate deal for all (except the actual copyright holder).  :(


Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Uncle Pete on January 06, 2019, 12:15
Right, in effect SS is threatening people with having their account locked for reporting, also it looks like they would allow the thief to keep selling, while under investigation. I can understand they want to be careful, because someone could abuse the system, but how hard is it to see the original image was uploaded years before the copies?

Oh OK the copies could be real and the older upload was stolen someplace else. And lets have a fair judgement. But still, when one person shoots food and has a dozen shots, different arrangements of the same steak, and the thieves have just joined, one steak from the other guys collection, scenic from around the world, a great diverse portfolio of one of a kind images... it's pretty obvious who made the work! It wasn't the new person with the stunning collection.

I just find the whole situation insulting when the crooks not only get in, get accepted, get to steal and anyone who has been robbed will not get any credit or money for those downloads, but then the agency drags their feet, makes reporting overly difficult and intimidates people who report problems, by scaring them from reporting? There needs to be a better system.

How do we find the person, to ask them to report the abuse? Most of the time it's some name that's impossible to track.

Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: OM on January 06, 2019, 13:30
That's why I thought I might have found the answer with a contributor to Abobe (but not to SS). At least when you're not on SS, they can't suspend your port!
Still no way of contacting the contributor directly though and just have to hope that Adobe passed on my message. 
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Ides on January 07, 2019, 07:19

Who did you write to? I wrote to compliance and got a very stock answer, like they didn't even read my question which was "doesn't anyone care about stolen works?"

I made the complaint in this email: 'legal@shutterstock.com'

And I received an email like this:

Infringement Claims / infringementclaims@shutterstock.com

"Hello,

Thank you for writing in.

We take copyright infringement and theft very seriously. Please know that we are taking the necessary steps to investigate your claim to resolve this issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our Legal team and Content Management are currently reviewing the images, and will take further action if deemed appropriate.

Best Regards,

Shutterstock Compliance

Regards,

Shutterstock Compliance"


Few days later the images of the ideas thief were deleted.
A few weeks later the guy made new copies. I made new complaints about new copies and the guy's account was deleted.
The guy found my private email and sent me an email begging me to talk to Shutterstock to reactivate his account.

Note:
This was years ago, I do not know how it is now.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Brasilnut on January 07, 2019, 12:06
I've just published a detailed summary of matter, from info on different threads, and included an up-to-date list of currently active thieving contributors. If anybody has any that they wish to add, I'd put them up (only the clear cut cases please):

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/01/07/why-shutterstocks-copyright-infringement-problems-should-concern-you/
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Uncle Pete on January 07, 2019, 14:02

Who did you write to? I wrote to compliance and got a very stock answer, like they didn't even read my question which was "doesn't anyone care about stolen works?"

I made the complaint in this email: 'legal@shutterstock.com'

And I received an email like this:

Infringement Claims / infringementclaims@shutterstock.com

"Hello,

Thank you for writing in.

We take copyright infringement and theft very seriously. Please know that we are taking the necessary steps to investigate your claim to resolve this issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our Legal team and Content Management are currently reviewing the images, and will take further action if deemed appropriate.

Best Regards,

Shutterstock Compliance

Regards,

Shutterstock Compliance"


Few days later the images of the ideas thief were deleted.
A few weeks later the guy made new copies. I made new complaints about new copies and the guy's account was deleted.
The guy found my private email and sent me an email begging me to talk to Shutterstock to reactivate his account.

Note:
This was years ago, I do not know how it is now.

Nice I'll add that to my list because contributor and compliance just sent me the DMCA boilerplate rubbish and didn't answer anything in the question. "oops another one, send him the quote..."
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: LostinTime on January 15, 2019, 12:55
Hello lovely people..

Sadly i have just found another thief :/ he has a big portfolio, please check to make sure he hasn't stolen any of your images and/or images of people you might know.

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Henderbeth (https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Henderbeth)
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Not Today on January 15, 2019, 13:16
Hello lovely people..

Sadly i have just found another thief :/ he has a big portfolio, please check to make sure he hasn't stolen any of your images and/or images of people you might know.

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Henderbeth (https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Henderbeth)

Hey there, do you have any example of what this person stole? (links to the same image somewhere else for instance)
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: LostinTime on January 15, 2019, 16:48
Example 1:
ORIGINAL image - https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/night-sky-stars-nebula-112793377 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/night-sky-stars-nebula-112793377)

"HIS" image - https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/red-nebulous-galaxy-stars-universe-617990702 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/red-nebulous-galaxy-stars-universe-617990702)
(he just flipped it and made it red)
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: obj owl on January 15, 2019, 17:38
Example 1:
ORIGINAL image - https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/night-sky-stars-nebula-112793377 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/night-sky-stars-nebula-112793377)

"HIS" image - https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/red-nebulous-galaxy-stars-universe-617990702 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/red-nebulous-galaxy-stars-universe-617990702)
(he just flipped it and made it red)

Night sky photos are not a good example to prove theft, most of them are from NASA.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: Uncle Pete on January 16, 2019, 08:50
I took a look, eye full. Does SS take marginal porn? I mean a few of these are not "Glamour" or just sexy or suggestive poses.
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: dpimborough on January 17, 2019, 10:45
I took a look, eye full. Does SS take marginal porn? I mean a few of these are not "Glamour" or just sexy or suggestive poses.

Uncle Pete ~ Shutterstock take under exposed, out of focus krap images and stolen images so they'll no doubt take porn too  ;D
Title: Re: Stolen images.
Post by: davidbautista on January 17, 2019, 10:48
Wow that portfolio